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Xinhua world news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 20

Xinhua
20 Jan 2022, 16:18 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil on Wednesday saw a daily record of 204,854 new COVID-19 cases, raising its total caseload to 23,416,748, the National Council of Health Secretaries said.

In the same 24 hours, 338 more deaths from the virus pushed the country's COVID-19 death toll to 621,855. (Brazil-Pandemic)

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that next week will see the end of Plan B COVID restrictions, which include mandatory rules for mask-wearing, vaccine certificates and guidance to work from home.

The prime minister also told the House of Commons, lower house of the British Parliament, that the legal requirement on people with coronavirus to self-isolate would be allowed to lapse when the self-isolation regulations expire on March 24, and that date could be brought forward. (UK-COVID-Restrictions)

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LUSAKA -- Zambia recorded a total of 32,372 road traffic accidents in 2021 and a total of 2,163 people were killed, the police said on Wednesday.

The road traffic accidents recorded last year were an increase of 3,888 from the accidents recorded in the previous year. (Zambia-Accident)

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TUNIS -- The Tunisian Maritime Guard rescued 23 illegal immigrants off the country's eastern coast while sailing toward the Italian coasts, the Tunisian Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday.

The rescued people are of different nationalities, including 13 Malians and 10 Ivorians. (Tunisia-Illegal Migrants-Rescue)

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